Sylvia Fowles ● 6 - foot - 6 ● Center

Fowles jumps into the starting center role in 2012, a position reserved for Lisa Leslie the past four Olympics. While Leslie’s are large shoes to fill, the 6-foot-6 Fowles is more than up for the task, as seen four years ago in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing when she came off the bench to lead the team in scoring (13.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg) on the way to earning her first Gold Medal.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year and a strong 2012 MVP candidate, Fowles has improved her offensive game as she averaged a career-best 20 points per game in 2011. In 2012, she has become lethally efficient, shooting 63.6 percent from the field for the Chicago Sky, but what’s more even more impressive is that she shot 21-for-29 (72.4 percent) from the field in the five U.S. exhibition games. It doesn’t matter who they play – with the possible exception of Australia with Lauren Jackson – the U.S., anchored by Fowles, will have an enormous advantage in the paint.

National Team Experience:
Gold Medals: 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, 2008 Olympics, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2006 Opals World Challenge, 2005 World University Games Silver Medals: 2008 Good Luck Beijing Tournament, 2003 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival

WNBA Team:
Chicago Sky

Role on National Team:
Staring center; enforcer in the paint

On playing for USA: “It means a lot to put on the USA jersey and represent our country. Playing against each other in the regular season, and then practicing with each other every day is a tough transition. When you put the egos aside and come together we can go a long way.”

2012 Stats:

WNBA34.118.5 12.4 1.2 63.6
Exhibition14.410.8 5.2 0.472.4